The shrimp capital
While tacos and salsas are known as Mexico’s exports the world over, Mazatlan makes its mark with a variety of fresh seafood. When a town has 12 miles of beaches, it’s bound to have the most savory treats from the sea. For example, try Casa 46—located in Plaza Machado, where you can dine al fresco and step out of your comfort zone as you sample chilorio (chili-simmered pork), zarandeado (spicy, grilled seafood) and bearded shrimp tamales. You can even stay at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay for an authentic taste of Mazatlan, included in your all-inclusive stay for a small surcharge.